Allied Warships

USS Atascosa (AO 66)


NavyThe US Navy
Class[No specific class] 
PennantAO 66 
Built bySun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down30 Apr 1942 
Launched7 Sep 1942 
Commissioned9 Nov 1942 
End service 

Displacement: 5730 BRT
Length: 547 feet
Complement: 281
Armament: 1 5" DP gun, 4 3" AA guns (4x1), 8 40mm AA (4x2), 8 20mm AA (8x2)
Speed: 15.5 kts
Power: 6000 HP
Engines: turbo-electric, 1 shaft

Acquired by the USN on 12 October 1942
Commissioned as USS Atascosa (AO-66) on 9 November 1942
Decommissioned on 21 January 1946
Stricken on 7 February 1946
Sold into merchantile service in 1947


Commands listed for USS Atascosa (AO 66)

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1T/Cdr. Melvin Hughes Bassett, USN9 Nov 19424 Jun 1943 (1)
2T/Lt.Cdr. Horace Leland de Rivera, USN4 Jun 194321 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Atascosa include:

26 Mar 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) fuelled at sea from USS Atascosa (Cdr. H.L. de Riviera, USN).

(The log of USS Atascosa mentions that she only fuelled destroyers on this day but the log of Iowa mentions that she fuelled from the Atascosa).

18 Aug 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. C. Wellborn, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Cushing (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Adams, USN) and USS Buchanan (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Henry, USN), with fuel. Following the fuelling of these destroyers Iowa herself was fuelled by the oiler USS Atascosa (Cdr. H.L. de Riviera, USN).

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